The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 7, 1952 · Page 14
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PAGE FOURTEEN <AKK.) oooun raw* TCTMPAT, OCT. 1^ 1MI SelfWoundingSaid On Declinein Korea By ELTON C. FAY WASHINGTON (fir-In the Korean War, as in all others, there are gome soldiers who deliberately wound themselves to get out of battle or out of the Army. But the Army believes, although It can't prove It one way or the other, that the number In tlite via is comparatively small. In response to questions, the provost marshal general's office inade a spot check of records o! the Far East Command from the period July 1, 1951, to June 30, 1952. The o'flce said that showed only seven cases which were established definitely as self-inflicted wounding. However, other Army officers with long experience In such matters point out that II is difficult to detect and prove an actual case of Eelf-lnfllcled wound. Almost the whole burden of evidence rests on the surgeons In the field who treat wounded men and on checks made Two Men Quizzed Of Woman's Death STUTTGART 0 J ) — The nlpht clerk of a Little Rock hotel was found dpfld in the back seat of fin automobile here yesterday and her two companions are being questioned by city imd county police. She was Mrs. Grace Hoyden, 45, of the Southern Hotel nt Little Rock, Sheriff Harold Woodson said. He did not give the cause of hfir death. _ . Woodson said Mrs. Haydcn's two companions, Ralph Burke Shf.ddox and Faith Burke Shnddox. whose address WH.S given as the Southern Hotel, are being questioned. at the scene by investigators, Musi R«ly on Typ* And they must rely primarily on the type of the wound (Including whether suspicious powder burns Irom close firing of » weapon and .he location of the wound) and on x?stlmony of the man and his comrades to show conclusively the act was Intentional. But If a cose can be proved, the going Is rough for the soldier who tries It. He Is guilty of violating- Article 115 of the Universal Code of Military Justice, dealing with malingering and the avoidance of duty. There Is a maximum sentence of seven years hunt labor and dishonorable discharge possible—and In time of war the maximum provision may be suspended and even heavier sentence Imposed. If investigations show the man was of sound mind at the time he deliberately wounded himself, he receives no disability payments upon discharge. Few Among Vets Self-wounding Is an act of utmost desperation usually arising out of fe»r of battle which the soldier hasn't yet experienced. Old timers of the Army say they have nrjtlc-: o the majority of cases are arnonfi men who have not. yet ccen much action. The soldier who ROCS through his first ongagenu and finds that ho and most of the men In his outfit arc alive mid unhurt, has passed his most desperate anxiety and fear. There is one feature of the Korean War which may help to explain the apparent low Incidence of sclf-lnflictcd wound cases. In World War It there was no rotation system. The rotation system in Korea, under which the average man can figure he will start home after anywhere from 11 to about 14 months, makes a difference In soldier thinking, say the exi>erts. He has a known, definite time when he can expect to get itirough with his ]oh and he doesn'1 need to puncture himself with bullet to get out. WAGES HEALTH BATTLE—Adm. William IT. P. niandy, USN (Itct.). recently embarked on n voyage In defense of health. Blandy, who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Roberta A. Blandy, is now president of the Ilcnlth Information Foundation ot New York. He M^lil address the sixth general assembly ot the World Medical Association, which will meet in Athens, Greece. Marines Give Whole Blood to Wounded Buddies WESTERN FRONT, Korea (,T)— American Marines gave whole blood transfusions yestcrdny to comrades wounded In mi unsuccessful attempt to knock the Chinese off an outpost northeast ol Pammmjom. Marines stationed behind the lines showed np nt the medical company a few miles from the outpost, ready to give blood on call. Said PPC. William Oant of Wax- hnm, N. C., "Maybe they'll do the same thing for us one of these days.'- PFC. Carlos Harmon, St. Petersburg, Fla., suld he volunteered because oJ Ihe help he got when he was wounded twice. . Ex-Ohio Prison Warden Is Dead CQLUMBCJS, O. C/Pj — Preston B Thomas, 80, former warden at Ohio penitentiary, died In hte home here last night. He was warden at [he prison a the time of the 1030 Ohio penlten Llary Easter Monday fire In which 322 Inmates died. Jordan Exported 1,821 Camels AMMAN. Jordan Ml—Jordan ex ported 1,821 cnmcls during the pa. year, most of them to Egypt. The camel exports totalled 22.78D pounds (SG3,784> in value. Fudge Refuses Dismiss Jury In Oil Probe WASHINGTON Iff}— U. S. District udge Jame-s H. Klrkland yesterday efused to discharge a special grand ury organized here last month to investigate an alleged Interaational 11 monopoly. Five large ol! companies had ask- d the court to dismiss the grand ury or transfer the proceedings to he southern district of New York. The judge said he was Impressed >y the companies' plea that the Inquiry here would cause them hardship because most of their records are in principal office* In New York. "But the concern for the calam- ty indicated must stop at the stages of sympathy," he said. Judge Klrkland held that under a new rule of federal procedure he would not transfer the case because ,he ol! companies are not yet defendants and there is no way to determine at this stage whether the grand jury will return an indictment. Red Guerrillas On Cheju Island Kill 4 ROK Police PUSAN, Korea Wj — Communist guerrillas on Cheju. Island, scene of last week's bloody rioting by Chinese prisoners of war, killed fou: South Korean policemen and i South Korean Marine Saturday the Home Ministry announced yes terday. The ministry said 10 armed Red attacked a police station nea Cheju City. Other Reds ainbushei police reinforcements. The U. S. Army sntd last Wed nesdny's riot was Intended to trig ger n mass escape by nearly G.OO Chinese prisoners who planned join the guerrillas. American Infan trymen dashed in with blazing guns and stopped the revolt cold. Fifty six prisoners were killed. NEW YORK Association ot RaOfMd AdvwUjfc* lf»n*e*n held 1U annual convention on wheel*. All meetings «*r* on trttni. Member* had * fcro-da? Banff, AlbtrU, and another at Lak* LoulM. 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